impact: women scientists in the media communications workshops
In 2020 and 2021, the SMC collaborated with RNA Media to run Impact: Women scientists in the media communications workshops, for women scientists at a post-doctoral level (or equivalent) or above, working in areas of science of interest to the media. Sponsorship for these workshops was provided by the Medical Research Council and the National Institute of Health Research.
What did these events involve?
Run by two very experienced medical and science journalists, these workshops focused on interview technique and preparation, with the explicit goal of increasing the number of women in STEM appearing across the media. They aimed to give participants more confidence to speak to non-specialist audiences through newspapers, magazines, online news, radio and TV. They were free for participants and received overwhelmingly positive feedback.
The SMC administered these workshops so that we could help continue to build our database of excellent scientists with the aim of increasing the amount of women in our output.